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Icelanders in Havana

One of my favorite bands, Iceland’s Sigur Rós, put out a new album this week. It bears the name Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust, which in English means, “With a buzz in our ears we play endlessly.” It’s very good–looser and brighter and more acoustic than earlier efforts. I defy you to listen to the first song, “Gobbledigook,” and not enjoy it (free and legal download here). Anyway, I was distressed to see that parts of With a buzz… were recorded in Havana (along with New York, London, and Reykjavik). The band isn’t especially political, at least not to my knowledge. I suspect they didn’t know any better. When it comes to Cuba, Europeans tend not to. That’s too bad.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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